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By Suzanne

Nick Marini 

Interview with Nick Marini of "Hit the Road" on Audience Network 10/11/17

I enjoyed speaking to this intelligent young actor. I hope you can check out his show because it's really funny.

Here's a recording of our interview.

I still have to proofread this, so there may be some punctuation or other errors.

Suzanne: So how did this role come about for you?

Nick: It was a ... I initially got the call about an audition, and the next day I went into this thing.

Suzanne: I'm sorry, can you speak up a little closer to the phone, is that possible?

Nick: Yes.

Suzanne: Great.

Nick: I initially got the audition to come in the next day and sing and play an instrument and I actually don't, I'm not a singer and I don't play an instrument-

Suzanne: Uh-huh.

Nick: So, you know, I asked if I could have more time, and they were looking for people who were musically talented at first, so when they re-released it without the musical requirement, I had jumped to the chance-

Suzanne: Right.

Nick: And ended up learning to play very poorly what I got vis--vis for my call back, and I had blisters all over my fingers as I spent a whole day learning how to play guitar.

Suzanne: Right.

Nick: And went in and just had a blast in the call back room and it just moved on from there.

Suzanne: Well, I hope you kept playing so you got the callouses built up.  If you stop playing, you have to go back to getting blisters again.

Nick: Exactly. Yeah, exactly ,I got to maintain it.

Suzanne: Yeah. So, what else did you do to prepare for the role?

Nick: One of the really nice things about something like this is that so much, as a group, as a family, we all get along together so well-

Suzanne: That's good.

Nick: That there's a lot of that, a lot of what I think you see on screen in terms of our brother and sister relationships, and just the way we handle each other, is really just because we love each other as people. And so, you know, there wasn't, it may be was a Tuesday that I found out that I got this, and I was in Vancouver on Wednesday, so there wasn't a ton of time to really like, it wasn't like there was time to over-think anything-

Suzanne: Right.

Nick: We kind of just got thrown right in, and it was so much to shoot, and the writing was so good, that it really helped us kind of jump right in.

Suzanne: Well it sounds like you get along way better than the characters do.

Nick: Yeah, yeah, yeah-

Suzanne: Cause they're kind of dysfunctional-

Nick: Yes. For sure.

Suzanne: So, what was it like working with Jason Alexander?

Nick: It was so much fun. You know he ... I really, he's someone that you really look up to as an actor and just his personality as a human is amazing. He's such a kind hearted guy, and he's really a thoughtful, intelligent person as well. Anyone who follows him on Twitter, or familiar with his stuff outside of the entertainment industry, he really is a smart guy-
Suzanne: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Nick: And he is well versed in politics and what not, so just getting to learn from him on kind of every level was really exciting-
Suzanne: He-

Nick: as an actor, as a citizen, as a person.

Suzanne: He wrote the show, right, as well?

Nick: He along with some others, but yeah, he definitely shows up for sure, he wrote a lot of it.

Suzanne: Okay, now did he pass on any valuable advice to you?

Nick: Yeah, I mean, I think it was really interesting talking to him about his experiences that it's just to be patient with yourself. You know, he talked to me a little bit about ... I've done some first comedy stuff, but never really kind of something like this-

Suzanne: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Nick: And so just his advice in learning to trust the process, and you know even telling me that it wasn't until a few seasons into Seinfeld that he really felt like he was cooking, that he really felt like he knew where the deep was, there was plenty of times where he might just say, "Why don't you try this little thing on what you're doing?"
It was really, it was really amazing to see how, between him and our amazing director Jerry, that we were able, that they were able to help lead us in the right direction.

Suzanne: Great. Now, you said you weren't a singer, have you learned to sing and do you sing in the show? I've only seen the first episode.

Nick: Yeah, everyone in the family are amazingly talented musicians, as is the singer who you hear when I sing.

Suzanne: Oh so you're not necessarily, okay-

Nick: But my ... should there be a season two, my definite goal is to not get dubbed.

Suzanne: Ah, right. I know Jason's a really amazing singer, and you have the other actors doing their own parts, or are they being dubbed as well?

Nick: Oh, no. They all do everything.

Suzanne: Oh. Okay.

Nick: Yeah, they're amazing. I got to go into the recording studio with them and watch them all just lay down some awesome stuff on some tracks, and I got to shot my name once. That really contributed to that process.
Suzanne: Well that must give you a lot of inspiration to watch them do their thing for you to learn.

Nick: Oh absolutely, and you know the girl who plays, everyone is supremely talented, but watching this eleven year old just like belting out some soulful lyrics, she is, Mattie is awesome.

Suzanne: Oh yeah, she was great. She was so funny. It's such a funny show, I watched it and I was just cracking up.

Nick: Oh, good.

Suzanne: I hope everyone watches the whole first episode, because you know at the beginning, you're kind of like, "Eh, what is this?" But then it gets funnier and funnier towards the end.

Nick: Yeah, it really picks up steam.

Suzanne: Oh, my gosh. My eyes, I was crying, my eyes, I was laughing so hard.

Nick: Oh, good.

Suzanne: Now the show, parts of the show, and I'm sure this is intentional, remind me of the old show of The Partridge Family, have you ever watched the old Partridge Family episodes?

Nick: You know, that was definitely a something we were looking at, we, I think Jason described it on Conan as The Partridge Family on acid. But yeah, The Partridge Family was a definite inspiration for that.

Suzanne: Yeah, I can tell from the costumes, they're very much like The Partridge Family.

Nick: Yeah.

Suzanne: And then I guess the whole-

Nick: They're perfectly like it.

Suzanne: The whole family value thing would sort of be like the Osmonds or something like that, one of those, I think there's some country music families that sing together like that too, but yeah-

Nick: We definitely, we definitely encounter some of that as well.

Suzanne: Now is there anything you can tell us about the upcoming episodes that won't be a spoiler?

Nick: Yeah, what I really like about the upcoming episodes, everyone gets, we get in a bunch of different, each character kind of gets into their own shenanigans, so there's like the college, we end up at college, and of course Rhea and Alex have two very different takes on what college would mean to them. And then, you know, we get into all sorts of [inaudible 00:08:28] but down the line we end up getting to work with Richard Dreyfus and Meatloaf and so it's that-

Suzanne: Oh great.

Nick: It gets really fun.

Suzanne: Oh, that's good. Yeah, any other notable guest stars.

Nick: Those were our two really big ones. Everyone who came on the show was just so much fun to work with.

Suzanne: Yeah. What-

Nick: I-

Suzanne: What I enjoyed [crosstalk 00:08:55] sorry. What I enjoyed about your character, and the way you play him, is you can just tell on your face, that you're having so much fun, you know you just-

Nick: Yeah.

Suzanne: Like gleeful, I don't know how to describe it.

Nick: Well, the character was first described to me as a stoner puppy.

Suzanne: That makes sense now.

Nick: Yeah, that really just resonated with me, it really clicked, so I think he ...the puppy's, they are going to follow you everywhere, and they're really excited about it, and even if they don't quite understand the game, they really want to play. And so yeah it was so much fun-

Suzanne: Oh-

Nick: It was you know really interestingly more exhausting than I thought it would be.

Suzanne: Mm-hmm.

Nick: And I'm a pretty upbeat person I would say, but I'm a thinker as well, and I think Alex is not as much of a thinker as I am. And so it was really fun, luckily we had, just talk about a fun set getting to be with kids all got along so well, they got to hang out with Mattie, if you were ever not, not in a good mood that day, the moment little Mattie turned the corner and sang your name and gave you a hug, it was-

Suzanne: Ah.

Nick: Even better.

Suzanne: Oh, that's great. It's an amazing cast, there's like every person there's like, this person's really interesting and fun, and you want to get to know them better. They did that well.

Nick: Good.

Suzanne: And naming the black kid Jermaine was just great, because of the Jacksons.

Nick: He's, he's-

Suzanne: He's amazing. He's funny.

Nick: He and his family are just the nicest, most wholesome people I have ever met, I love them to death, and to be doing and saying all of these things felt so wrong, but it was so much fun.

Suzanne: Yeah those were, that's why I really started laughing, it was the scenes with him and Jason, and made the association.

Nick: Yeah. Yeah.

Suzanne: It was great. So besides this, do you have anything else you're working on?

Nick: Not at the moment, I'm you know, this is the life of an actor-

Suzanne: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Nick: You know, you get a job and then you know, you got to go get another one.

Suzanne: Right.

Nick: I'm back to, back to the excitement that is having no idea what tomorrow will hold.

Suzanne: So how does it work? You've got a series, but you don't know whether there will be another season or not-

Nick: Don't know whether there will be another season.

Suzanne: And in the meantime, you're auditioning for other roles, how do they? I always wonder, how do they work that out, what if you got a role on another TV show, you'd have to say, well I'm not sure or-

Nick: Well, there are certain, there are certain contracts that everyone signs, so if Hit the Road comes back then I could do small roles on other shows and what not-

Suzanne: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Nick: But for now they got me, and I'm happy they do.

Suzanne: That's good. That's good. So if someone came along and said, "We want you to star in this NBC show," you'd have to say, "No, sorry, I'm on this show now."

Nick: Yeah.

Suzanne: Oh, Okay. That makes sense. That makes sense. But if they wanted you to guest star on something then you could work it out-

Nick: Totally. And I'd be happy to hop in.

Suzanne: Cool. And I couldn't find you on Twitter, are you on social media?

Nick: Yeah, I'm on Instagram, my Twitter is ... I must admit, very sad. I don't know that I've totally figured it out yet, but I'm on Instagram.

Suzanne: Okay.

Nick: And a-

Suzanne: I'll look for you on there.

Nick: Yeah, I try. It's funny, it's a whole ... I really thrive on genuine interaction.

Suzanne: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Nick: And so sometimes it's I'm not the best about kind of posting self-promotional things and with that I kind of just so-

Suzanne: Yeah.

Nick: I'm still learning that aspect of the business.

Suzanne: Well at least you're doing your own and not hiring some guy to do it for you. I think some actors do that, in fact I know they do.

Nick: I'm sure they do, yes.

Suzanne: So, besides writing this up for my side, I'm also probably going to write a small article for the local campus paper, I'm taking classes at the college-

Nick: Oh, cool.

Suzanne: and so I wanted to ask you a few questions about just being a millennial and that kind of thing.

Nick: Yeah.

Suzanne: So, your parents were actors, so did you feel that gave you a bit of an edge in getting jobs, cause I know you were going to do something else first before you decided to be an actor.

Nick: Yeah, yeah, I think what it really, where it really helped was just having people who have done it and can guide you-

Suzanne: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Nick: So you know I'm sure that there were mistakes my parents made when they were young, because they didn't know really how the business worked-

Suzanne: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Nick: You know and just knowing that like is this going to be something that's good for your career? Or is this just something that's gonna be a wash? Is it worth doing this thing? Or who should I study with? All of those questions, my parents either had the answer to or knew someone who did.

Suzanne: Right. Right. So that helps, yeah.

Nick: And so that was really helpful, and also I think I understood because I was able to watch them really struggle and succeed in that struggle, I had a better understanding of what it was I was embarking upon.

Suzanne: Right.

Nick: And so I think, you watch a lot of people, I know people who have moved to LA after I moved here, and then they arrived, and they've already left. I think part of that, part of the reason I've been able to kind of just keep plugging away is because I had an actor's representation of just how hard it is-
Suzanne: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Nick: Just how much you have to commit to it.

Suzanne: Sure.

Nick: My parents were really instrumental in that regard.

Suzanne: Good. Yeah. Because I think yeah, right, a lot of people go there thinking, "Oh, I'm going to be discovered and be rich and famous, and it's gonna take oh, a couple months and I'll be ... "

Nick: Yeah. You know it's so interesting, when I graduated college and it was between me and one other guy for one of the leads on Scream, which is an MTV show.

Suzanne: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Nick: And so you know from the outside perspective, I would have just graduated college and then immediatly been on a TV show, if the cards had fallen in that right, in that way.

Suzanne: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Nick: And so it would have looked it, it would have looked like, it came out of nowhere, like this kid just appeared and he's in this thing-

Suzanne: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Nick: You know it's that Hollywood dream, right-

Suzanne: Sure.

Nick: You know, no one would have seen the literally hundreds of bus rides from Philadelphia to New York for auditions, and call backs, and just all of the hours, all of the years that were put into get myself to a position where I could have an opportunity-

Suzanne: Right.

Nick: I think, I think for anyone who is pursuing anything, it's persistence-

Suzanne: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Nick: You know, I think the best advice my mom gave to me about auditioning is be excited for the no's. It's a numbers game. You know if you go on enough auditions you will be perfect for something. And so every time you get a no, just check it off, you're one closer to a yes.

Suzanne: Oh, that's a good way of looking at it. Now as someone who's fairly young, do you see any difference in Hollywood in the way people of different ages are treated or ... I know in the so called real world I guess, it seems like in businesses unless you're going to a start-up or something, you know they treat younger people like they don't know anything, and then eventually you get to work your way up, and you can show you know something. And then Hollywood has a reputation of being more younger oriented, what do you think about that?

Nick: Yeah, I mean I think there's a lot of opportunity especially in Hollywood for young people. I think we're moving more towards an understanding that, that of course experience is important, but so is fresh perspective and it's really interesting for someone who's studied film theory in college, it's always fascinating to watch how things are getting put together cause it's ... I have my own perspective on what I would like to do, and it's always amazing when you feel like, "Oh yes, they've been doing this a lot longer than I have. and that's why they did it that way, now I understand in practice what I didn't in theory."

Suzanne: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Nick: But I do think that I think there's a lot of young .... there's some directors coming up now who are young. There's really been some good in-roads into this industry that will take it in a fresh perspective, I think. You know I always I'm always on the look out for those people because as incredible as it is, and as valuable as it is to get to work with someone like Jason you know and just soak up everything he knows, I also want to find those contemporaries of mine that will be doing the things that I want to do and get to work with them. That's something I really look forward to doing.

Suzanne: Great. And now, do you think that Hollywood is embracing newer technology as well as they could? I saw something the other day how Samsung was trying to change the movie theaters, do you think that in the day-to-day activity filming that Hollywood uses technology or are they a little reluctant ... I know that most jobs are like well, we'll go with this way because this is the way we've always done it.

Nick: Yeah, I mean I think what's really fascinating about the industry is that there is, there's real hold outs, and there's also just absolute kind of cutting edge stuff. For instance, a term that you always used when you had finished shooting a scene is you say, "Checking the gates."

Suzanne: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Nick: And that has to do with making sure that, there used to be, you'd have to check the lenses to make sure there wasn't any dust on the lenses-

Suzanne: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Nick: To make sure that that everything you just shot didn't have speckles of dust in the frame-

Suzanne: Right.

Nick: You had to check the gate for dust, and we don't really have that anymore-

Suzanne: Right.

Nick: That technology is expired, and so it's really fun when you, a lot of the terminology in film and television really hasn't changed at all-

Suzanne: Right.

Nick: But at the same time, you know with cameras just getting better every year, and 3D technology ... my older brother has gotten to work on some 3D, he worked with a company and helps innovate and stuff with 3D cameras, they can reset times faster-

Suzanne: Right.

Nick: And so I think, I think that we're really, they're finding it, and with CGI and all that stuff, I think it's, I think what people are starting to find is that there's a balance that must be made.

Suzanne: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Nick: That must be kept because there's ... as amazing as that technology is, there is a level of just realness that people appreciate-

Suzanne: Right.

Nick: And so I think it will be really interesting to see how the augmented reality starts to, how those platforms and those technologies start to integrate with actors getting to work in those fields-

Suzanne: Yeah.

Nick: And I'm excited, I want to get more into doing some video games and motion capture, because that to me is the exciting cross section of

Suzanne: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Nick: Of the physical and the digital.

Suzanne: Okay, great. And is there any advice you have for younger people who want to get into your field?

Nick: Just keep knocking at the door, you know i really can't ... this is an industry I think that ... I've been in LA now for three yeas, I graduated college in 2014, hopped in the Atlantic Ocean drove out here, hopped in the Pacific, and just got down to business. And, you know, I think that it takes a while for people to get to know you, and for casting directors to get to know you, and directors to get to know you, so I think you know every time you go like and it's happened to me, it's happened to me, like, "Man, this is so hard," and I feel like giving up and every time I've pushed a little bit past that, something amazing has happened. So I just think you got to stay hungry, and you got to stay driven, and if you can do that, then you can do anything.

Suzanne: I think those are probably wise words for any profession that anyone starting actually.

Nick: Yeah.

Suzanne: All right. Thank you. I really appreciate your thoughtful answers, and you taking the time.

Nick: Well, thank you so much. It was a pleasure.

Suzanne: And my site is TV Megasite and you can find us at

Nick: Awesome. Wonderful.

Suzanne: Alright, thank you.

Nick: Thank you.

Suzanne: Bye-bye.

Transcribed by Rhonda of


Audiences will be instantly addicted to broodingly handsome breakout star, Nick Marini! As one-to-watch this year, he will soon take over television sets nationwide in the Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld") produced new original comedy series "Hit the Road," premiering on Tuesday, October 17th on the Audience Network.
Co-created by Jason Alexander, Emmy-nominated comedy writer Peter Tilden and British Screenwriter Dean Craig ("Death at A Funeral"), "Hit The Road" centers around a fearless, chaotic musical family of would-be rock/pop stars who traverse the country in a cramped tour bus in search of fame and fortune to claim their rightful place in pop history. Standing out alongside veteran award-winning actors, this fresh-faced 26-year-old gives a commanding and brilliant standout performance as "Sam," the impulse-driven son of Ken Swallow, played by Jason Alexander. Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss guest-stars as Alexander's dysfunctional father, and Amy Pietz ("The Office") stars as "Maggie," the bohemian, unorthodox mom.
Growing up in Philadelphia, DC and New York City, Marini spent his childhood backstage and always felt a pull to the industry. Originally setting out to become a diplomat and leave the family business behind, it was not until high school that Nick realized his true passion as an actor and storyteller. He graduated from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania as a Cinema and Media Studies major, and moved to Los Angeles after graduation. Marini made his film debut as "Bobby" in SUMMER OF 8 and appeared as "Danny Jones" in NBC's hit medical drama "Chicago Med."
An undeniable talent and sure to be Hollywood's next great leading man!

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